The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta

Name: Aracely

Grade: 10th

Title: The Heartbreak Bakery

Author: A.R. Capetta

Published in: 2021

Pages: 338

Rating: 4 stars

“The Heartbreak Bakery” is a story about a 17-year-old Syd, who is agender and doesn’t go by any pronouns. Syd works at a bakery and recently has broken up with someone. And suddenly, anyone who eats her brownies, breaks up with their loved ones. Syd is now looking for recipes to help those who had broken up get together again with the help of the bakery’s delivery person, Harley.  

I love reading this book. It shows a message of trying to achieve goals and dreams through tough situations. And even if something is about to end, it doesn’t mean that it will disappear. The way the author included the theme of being another gender than everyone else impacts the world about people’s identities. This book shows that being a different gender doesn’t mean that it is weird, and instead is normal and special, explaining that everyone is different yet equal. The way Syd is presented as an agender person shows that people will always be people, meaning that no one, ever, is a “monster.”

I recommend reading this book, to anyone and everyone. This book represents not only the importance of achieving goals but the importance of being different from others. The book shows how important it is to accept one’s identities and choices, and even if one option is popular, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take the other. 

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